Melanie Watson can’t stand the thought that Donald Trump will soon be president of the United States. The 53-year old Dallas, Texas resident voted against him, despite the fact that she describes herself as a lifelong Republican. And she wants nothing to do with the Republican Party now that it has become the party of Trump.
“The GOP failed this country, and I blame the GOP for Trump,” Watson said in an interview. “I can’t stay in a party that didn’t stand up to Trump, and that’s willing to support him as president.”
Republican women who oppose Trump must decide: Should they stay in a political party they feel betrayed by, or should they leave the GOP? Some conservative women feel compelled to leave a party led by Trump, while others are deeply disappointed by the outcome of the election, but unsure of what to do next. Some Republican women hope that if they remain part of the GOP they may be able to save the party from being ruined by a president they believe is unworthy and unfit.
Victoria Lewis, a 41-year old from Atlanta who served as the Georgia state leader for Republican Women for Hillary, “seriously considered” leaving the party after the election, but ultimately decided against it. “I feel like there are enough people in this party who have not lost their minds, and I think I need to stick around and try to make sure there’s still a place for them in the GOP,” she said in an interview. (Jennifer Pierotti Lim and Meghan Milloy, the organizers of Republican Women for Hillary, are also staying in the party and have decided to turn their group into Republican Women for America).